How Do I Get an APEC Business Travel Card?

By Michael Ferguson

The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) is a great way for business people to travel hassle-free in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region. It provides its holders with an expedited process for visa-free entry and exit, as well as reduced costs and time spent on business trips to and from the APEC region.

This makes it easier and more cost effective to do business across international borders.

In order to obtain an ABTC, applicants must first meet the eligibility requirements established by the APEC Business Travel Card Scheme. These include being a citizen of an APEC member economy, being employed by a company that operates in an approved member economy, and having a valid passport with at least 6 months validity left. In addition, applicants must also have a minimum of three years of experience in their profession or related field in their current country of residence.

To apply for the ABTC, interested individuals need to submit an application form along with the required supporting documents. The documents include proof of citizenship from their home country, an employer’s reference letter confirming their employment status, and a copy of their valid passport. Once these documents are submitted, applicants will be required to undergo an interview with the relevant authorities from their home country.

After successful completion of the application process, cardholders will receive an ABTC which is valid for up to 5 years. The card itself provides access to visa-free travel across all 21 APEC member economies and reduces both time spent on immigration clearance procedures as well as associated costs such as visas or service fees. The card also provides its holder with access to exclusive services such as priority lanes at various international airports.


Getting an APEC Business Travel Card is not difficult if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and have all the necessary documents ready when applying. Once you have your card, you’ll be able to enjoy hassle-free travel across all 21 APEC member economies while taking advantage of exclusive services such as priority lanes at international airports.